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A dispute-settling poll. 
24th-Jan-2010 12:36 pm
cassette

Erasure is

New Wave
110(94.0%)
Disco
7(6.0%)
Comments 
24th-Jan-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
What happens when you rub hardened rubber on pencil markings.
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24th-Jan-2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
the Pet Shop Boys are disco. Erasure most certainly is not.

BTW, have you ever heard Neuropa? If you like Erasure and pre-Black celebration DM, you'll really like Neuropa. I picked their cd, Born, at Arisia a few years ago (dealer's room, last year at the Park Plaza, actually). Really good, IMHO.
25th-Jan-2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
They were disco in the 80s. In the UK. I was at uni around then.
24th-Jan-2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Neither. Synthpop. But if I had to pick, I'd go with New Wave.
24th-Jan-2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, put me in the synthpop camp.
24th-Jan-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Me too. :)

24th-Jan-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Erasure? I barely knew 'er.

(Crap, I have nothing to add.)
24th-Jan-2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
What this poll says to me is that roughly 6.7% of the people who read Shadesong's journal have never actually heard disco. ;-)
24th-Jan-2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm sayin'.

For the record, this came from a Gchat conversation with feste_sylvain where he was insisting that they were disco and I was like "Um. NO."
24th-Jan-2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Let me just say I believe they sound more disco than New Wave. If we're just going by musical "generation," they're New Wave, but stylistically, definitely more disco when you consider their whole oeuvre.
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25th-Jan-2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Wait... "I bet you're mad at me" is Disco? "Ship of Fools" is Disco?

Next thing you'll be telling me that Talking Heads were Disco. I'm not convinced by New Wave necessarily, but Disco it ain't.

Edited at 2010-01-25 08:28 pm (UTC)
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25th-Jan-2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
They were all disco/alternative disco when I was at uni in the 80s. Just sayin'.
26th-Jan-2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Duran Duran is New Romantic. At least early DD is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-recskrzunI

(stupid "Embedding disabled by request"...)
24th-Jan-2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Not sure if I'd call them New Wave, but I definitely wouldn't call them disco.
24th-Jan-2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
O ...Yazoo, substituting Andy Bell for Alison Moyet ^.^

raptorgirl nailed it -- synthpop. Yes, they do some disco covers, even, but in a very synthpop style.
25th-Jan-2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yazoo, substituting Andy Bell for Alison Moyet

Or s/Yazoo/early Depeché Mode/…
25th-Jan-2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Not quite the same for me. Yaz(oo) has a different overall feel than the early Depeche Mode, though you can definitely feel Vince Clark in both of them. At least early Erasure really felt like Vince sought a sound-alike for Alison Moyet and just continued with what Yazoo had been doing.

I don't mean to disparage any of the musicians mentioned, by the way. <3 them all.
24th-Jan-2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
24th-Jan-2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
I don't claim to know disco well enough to do a thorough dissection, but for what I've heard they definitely get filed under New Wave/Synthpop for me.
24th-Jan-2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'll add to the numbers saying "synthpop."
24th-Jan-2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Synthpop, not New Wave.

Not choppy enough for new wave.

Definitely NOT disco, though obviously disco influenced.
24th-Jan-2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
I'd actually call them synthpop, but they are closer to New Wave than to Disco.
24th-Jan-2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Erasure is:
80s
synthpop
dance
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24th-Jan-2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Pop :)

Or Electropop
25th-Jan-2010 01:07 am (UTC)
...what I do w/ my eraser.
25th-Jan-2010 01:44 am (UTC)
I did not even know this was a question.
25th-Jan-2010 02:07 am (UTC)
I'm not a New Wave fan. Not an Erasure fan. I'm not sure I've actually heard an Erasure song. But my friends in high school who listened to Erasure classified it as New Wave, so that's what I'm saying. *shrug*
25th-Jan-2010 06:34 am (UTC)
They are clearly death metal.

:-)

Seriously, though, I don't really know what New Wave is. I wouldn't consider them disco but I don't claim to be an expert.

I actually saw them live in Boston a couple years ago, on the True Colors Tour!
25th-Jan-2010 09:11 am (UTC)
Erasure is...

a movie misspelling?
a more severe form of closure such that when you deal with it, it is GONE?
an incomplete form of closure due to skipping it off and refuting said issue's existence?



apparently the name of a band that I am unfamiliar with? :D
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25th-Jan-2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
I agree with this comment.
25th-Jan-2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Disco. 80s technopop / synthpop / gaypop to be accurate. We called it disco in the 80s.

Edited at 2010-01-25 09:21 pm (UTC)
25th-Jan-2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
I don't know who this "we" is, but it's no one I was hanging out with in the 80s. :)
26th-Jan-2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I'm wondering if this is a US vs. UK thing. Because I'm in your camp. Disco has a very definite sound & feel & Erasure ain't it. Dance? Yes. "Club music"? Yes. SynthPop? Yes.
26th-Jan-2010 10:27 am (UTC)
Well, by implication, it is the "we" that I was a part of. Students at York Uni in Britain in the latter half of the 80s. ;-p
26th-Jan-2010 06:42 am (UTC)
Could they credibly be *played* in a disco? Yes. Are they disco? Aw *hell* no.
27th-Jan-2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I voted new wave, but really they're 80's synthpop in my opinion as other people also mentioned. New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Duran Duran, Culture Club - those were part of the soundtrack of my college years, none of them were really disco, new romantic, goth, or industrial. Although my favorite gay disco played them on "goth/industrial" night anyway.
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